The first day of school is only a week away. Lansing Middle School will be bustling with activity, students, teachers and staff and parents. In the quiet of summer the staff has been polishing up the building and getting classrooms ready. And new principal Jeffrey Evener has been finding his way around the building and learning as much as he can about the Lansing Central School District.
Jeffrey Evener just about bleeds Groton, his home town. A graduate of the Groton schools, he married Beth, also a Groton native, and eventually became the Junior/Senior High School Principal and Athletic Director of the district he grew up in. He is currently the Mayor of the Village of Groton. So why the move to Lansing Middle School?
If you're thinking that summer's almost over, you're not the only one. The Lansing Republican Party is hosting a 'Summer's Last Hurrah' dance at the Lakewatch Inn Saturday. Republican Ed LaVigne says you don't have to be a Republican to come and have a good time. In fact he insists that although the dance is a fundraiser for Lansing Republicans, it is an opportunity for people of all political persuasions to come together.
"This is not just a Republican, one-party only dance. Everybody is invited to this," he says. "There are not going to be any speeches. basically it's about people of all different thoughts that will come together and talk to each other. I think our town has been divided too long by politics, when it's people first. This dance is indicative of what we're trying to do in Lansing, which is to bring people together. That's what this is about."
Lansing Councilman Ed LaVigne took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Monday to raise awareness of The ALS Association's fundraising campaign. LaVigne was challenged by the Parks & Rec Department's Recreation Supervisor Pat Tyrrell, who was similarly soaked last week.
"It's been an ongoing thing," Tyrrell says. "I think all of the town employees have done it. ALS is a good cause to donate to."
Just in time for the start of school, three area nonprofits have teamed up to offer a super sale on reusable goods, furniture, electronics, architectural salvage items and more.
On August 22-23, new and returning students as well as area residents will find a compact route for the ReUse Trail at three Ithaca locations running from a Tag Sale for Habitat for Humanity at Pritchard Automotive on Cayuga Street to a Sidewalk Sale at Significant Elements on Center Street and down Plain Street to a Tent Sale at the future Ithaca ReUse Center on Old Elmira Road.
For the third year, Q Country morning host, Chris Allinger is strapping on his backpack to walk for the Food Bank of the Southern Tier’s BackPack Program™. His “Walkin’ the Country” event is set for September 8-12 and will take the DJ to every town in Tompkins County raising funds for the program that helps children at risk of hunger on weekends and holidays during the school year.
Once again this year, Allinger is teaming with Cornell Athletics & Physical Education staff, coaches and friends. Allinger and members of the Food Bank staff will address the Cornell Athletics & Physical Education all-staff meeting the morning of September 8th and at 10:00 a.m. Allinger will begin his walk from the front of the Friedman Wrestling Center on the Cornell campus. Allinger recalls, “What a thrill it was to start the walk last year at Cornell. The entire staff assembled in a tremendous line cheering the very first steps as the very first check went into the backpack. With that caliber of people kicking off our effort, we just knew the walk would be successful. I’m grateful that they invited me back this year to kick off the walk at their annual meeting.”
Aurora, New York—Wells College has appointed Richard Kegler as the new Director of the Wells Book Arts Center. Kegler is the founder of P22 type foundry and the Western New York Book Arts Center in Buffalo, New York. As a trustee for the American Printing History Association, Kegler's forays into contemporary book arts and the history of fine press and printing have been far reaching.
Kegler is taking over for Nancy Gil, who is retiring from the position. Gil has taught French and English as a Second Language at Wells College since 1974, and she was appointed as Director of the Book Arts Center in 2007.
Jim Parks is most widely known as the veteran host of HGTV's remodeling show, "New Spaces," which has been enjoyed by television audiences for over nine years. Today's Green Minute
was born as Jim was doing research for a magazine series. He discovered the wealth of innovation being generated in the green world and set out to write a weekly newspaper column. An audio podcast version soon followed, and now video. One of the things The Lansing Star is proud of is that we are a green, electronic newspaper. You don't even have to recycle the Star. This feature offers more on how to make your world greener. Every few weeks a new episode will be added so check back often.